For many children, their favorite sport plays a major role in their day to day lives, and an injury could be the end of the world as we know it. One way to prevent sports injuries in active children is to protect their most essential parts first: their feet. To keep your young ones healthy and happy this spring, our specialists at Integrative Foot & Ankle Centers of Washington have compiled a short list of ways you can keep their feet strong.
- The right shoes: Be sure their shoes provide support and are made of quality materials. Keep in mind the type of sort they are participating in. If they are running on pavement make sure they have shock absorption, for example. If they are playing soccer, buy supportive cleats, if they dance, make sure they have the right shoes for the right dance style.
- Proper socks: A natural/synthetic blend sock will help wick away moisture, keeping feet clean. Poorly structured socks can even cause blisters or sore spots.
- Tape the ankles: Ankle injuries are common, and if your child has already injured an ankle he or she is more susceptible to reinjuring it. It’s a good idea to tape the ankles with athletic tape to provide additional support.
Additionally, evaluate the needs of your child according to the sport they play. Each sport presents its own challenges and requires a different type of movement, making footwear needs rather unique per the activity.
Basketball: To avoid common injuries like ankle sprains, tendinitis and plantar fasciitis, choose shoes with thick, stiff soles that provide shock absorption, and feature high ankle support.
Tennis: Bouncing back and forth causes tennis players to be at a higher risk for ankle injuries, plantar fasciitis and calluses. To prevent these, choose flexible shoes that support the sides of the foot.
Running: Runners often experience heel pain, blisters and shin splints. Provide shoes with shock absorption to prevent these issues, or consider orthotics for more targeted support.
Soccer: Make sure the soccer shoes your child wears have enough room to accommodate thick socks and have multiple cleats in the heel to avoid heel pain or shin splints.
Contact Integrative Foot & Ankle Centers of Washington if your child has foot problems that require attention.